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August was a busy month for the Carson City Coin Collectors of America (C4OA) club, which hosted meetings held in conjunction with the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money and the Nevada State Museum’s annual coin show.
Thirty-three people attended C4OA’s annual meeting at the ANA convention Aug. 12 in Boston. Member Dan McCarty presented President Rusty Goe with the club’s first Hal V. Dunn Literary Award for Goe’s article, “Harold Montgomery Budd – A Connecticut Yankee in Abe Curry’s Court.” The article appeared in the Fall 2009 issue of the club’s journal, Curry’s Chronicle.
Next, C4OA member Weimar White spoke about building 10-piece type sets of Carson City coins. He finished by answering questions about coin chemistry, the subject of his book of the same name. Darrell Low then presented an overview of Carson City Seated Liberty coins. Seated Liberty half dollar specialist Bill Bugert finished the seminar with his presentation on Carson City half dollars. At the conclusion, Bugert sold copies of his new book, A Register of Liberty Seated Half Dollar Varieties, Volume II, Carson City Branch Mint.
Two weeks later, about 40 people met for C4OA’s regional meeting in Carson City. After a welcome by Jim Barmore, director of the Nevada State Museum, Goe introduced the meeting’s project coordinator, Bruce Thayer, who introduced show-and-tell presentations.
Over the course of two and a half hours, 16 members took turns sharing with the group coins and other items related to the history of the Carson City Mint and the era in which the mint operated. One member displayed his 1870-CC $20 gold piece, valued at more than $250,000. Other members shared historic documents, exonumia, GSA-related memorabilia, VAM varieties of “CC” Morgan silver dollars, a complete 19-piece set of “CC” $5 gold pieces and Chinese counterfeits of “CC” coins, among others.
Midway through the presentations, a raffle drawing was held. Member Jeff Shaw won the grand prize, a 1878-CC Morgan silver dollar graded MS-64 by Professional Coin Grading Service.
Later that evening, 26 members met for dinner at Adele’s restaurant in Carson City.
For more information on C4OA, visit www.carsoncitycoinclub.com, or write to CCCCOA, P.O. Box 18040, Reno, NV 89511.